Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
Offense to Morph for Johnson
Posted Nov 2, 2005
With a new quarterback at the helm, the Vikings offense will have a different look, or at least a different rhythm, to it.
The Vikings coaching staff will spend this week making adjustments to the offense so it will suit veteran quarterback
by the time Sunday’s game against Detroit arrives.
, who was lost for at least nine months when he tore three ligaments in his right knee Sunday at Carolina, was a mobile passer who could make things happen on the run.
Johnson, 37, is more of a traditional dropback quarterback although he can scramble when necessary, as evidenced by his four rushes for 30 yards versus the Panthers.
“Brad is more of a rhythm thrower,” coach Mike Tice said. “He’s going to get that thing out real fast. You’ll see a lot of throws where he’ll get the ball out and guys won’t have turned around.
“He still has a little bit of athleticism left in his old body as you saw (Sunday). He can get out of his own way and make something happen with his feet. So that’s probably the biggest difference. He doesn’t have the big, big arm like Daunte has, but there aren’t a lot of quarterbacks that have the big, big arm like Daunte has, either.”
Johnson, for one, has no interest in being Culpepper or anyone else.
“The most important thing is to be yourself,” he said. “You can’t fake it. The proof is in putting up points. The proof is in winning ballgames. When I work out in the spring, I’m not in it for my health. Careers are very short. You’re not promised tomorrow. I enjoy playing the game. If it takes me having to prove somebody wrong, then so be it for those people.”
Confidence in Johnson seems high among his teammates, and the injury to Culpepper certainly will serve as a rallying point for the Vikings.
“The guys have been around Brad since we signed him and have seen what he’s accomplished,” Tice said. “He completed a lot of balls in the preseason, completed a lot of balls in practice. He has done a great job against our No. 1 defense in the two-minute drill. There is a respect there for Bradley and Brad has won a lot of games. Brad has something I don’t have. He has a Super Bowl ring. I think there will be instantaneous respect for Brad throughout the team and the organization. That’s one of the reasons we signed him.”
Johnson, who began his career in the Vikings organization, returned during the off-season after four seasons in Tampa Bay. He led the Buccaneers to a victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Coaches Q&A, Part I: Off. Asst. Jerry Rhome
Nov 2, 2005
Grading The Game: Panthers
Nov 1, 2005
NOTEBOOK: Hill Says ‘Time Has Come’
Nov 3, 2005
Subscribe today and get a full year of
Viking Update Magazine
with an annual Total Access Pass.
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to
View My HotList
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Football > Charles D Owen HS > Alumni
Football > Florida State > Alumni
Football > Minnesota
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft